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Grades 6-8

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Classroom Activity, Hands-on Activity

Cartesian Diver

In this hands-on experiment, students create a neutrally buoyant "diver" and then observe the effects of increased water pressure.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Bobwhite Quail Decline in Texas

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Why was this 11th-grader from Texas stopping at every mile marker along the road and randomly tossing a hula hoop over his shoulder? To further science, of course! 

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Hands-on Activity

Buried Bones

The next time you have chicken, don't throw out the bones—bury them in plaster of Paris. Then, scrape by scrape, see firsthand the challenges archaeologists face when excavating fossils.

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Hands-on Activity

Make Your Own Einstein Stationery

Don't just jot down your notes and ideas on plain paper. Showcase them alongside the musings and insights of Albert Einstein with these colorful, ready-to-print PDF stationery files.

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Game

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Did you know sound moves five times faster in water than in air? Or that cleaner fish have "cleaning stations" where they remove parasites? Deepen your knowledge with this ocean life challenge. 

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Hands-on Activity

Make Your Own Marine Biology Stationery

Hide your notes in seaweed, send a deep-sea snapshot, or let an cockeyed squid deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files.

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Story

What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?

Most living things never become fossils. And most of the fossils created will never be found. Learn more about these extremely rare—and valuable—records of the past. 

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Hands-on Activity

Make Your Own Dino Stationery

Type your notes next to T. rex, send letters via Diatryma, or let Gondwanatitan deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files. 

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Activity

What Do You Know About Marine Biology?

How much do you know about our watery world? Find out with this interactive quiz. Here's a hint to get you started: The greatest diversity of life on Earth is NOT found in your bathroom!

Finding-Fossils

Hands-on Activity

Finding Fossils

You don't have to be a professional paleontologist to collect the remains of ancient life. Anyone can find fossils. This handy how-to guide tells you where to look and what to do.

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